Easter Fun on Essex Mums! Essex Mums Newsletter April 2017
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Hello everyone, hope you are enjoying the milder weather and getting to enjoy some fun outdoor family time. For those of us with school-age children, a large part of April is going to be taken up with the Easter holidays - good job there is so much on! Our Easter page is full of fun things to do across the county, and you might find some other great ideas on the site too!

The site overhaul is pretty much done now: I just have the things to do section to finish which is going to take quite a while but should make things much easier to search! Most of the site is now looking rather great,if I say so myself! If you have any feedback on the new look, I'd really appreciate it! Likewise, if something doesn't work the way it should, please let me know so that I can put it right.

If you have something you'd like to add to the site, please use one of these buttons to get you there quickly!

You'll see results sooner than you think!

Effective tuition puts your child one step ahead. It helps them to develop and make progress – and improves their focus, motivation and creativity.
Our dedicated tutors are educational professionals who have an outstanding track record in helping children achieve better results.

Whether you’re looking to catch up or extend we have a group for you from age 5-18 years. Prepare for SATs, 11plus, GCSE or A Level in Maths, English or Science.

Call today to arrange your free consultation and trial lesson.
Southend        01702 680400
Benfleet        01268 833838
Basildon        01268 833330


Easter Events

Looking for spring fun, Easter egg hunts, arts and crafts or anything related to cute Easter bunnies and new baby chicks? Then check out our Easter Holidays events for the whole family across Essex. Hopefully you received our dedicated Easter newsletter last week but if not, you can see everything that's going on across the county on our Easter Page here 

You can find out what's on for every school holiday and special occasion on our School Holidays page. Each holiday is fully updated in the month before but events can be submitted at any time

Essex Mums Awards

I am excited to announced that the 2017 Essex Mums are now underway! Nominations have been pouring in and at last count you had nominated more than 15000 people, places and things that make your life as a parent in Essex that bit easier or more fun!

Nominations will stay open until June so you still have plenty of time to get yours in, just fill in the form here. T
he top nine companies with the most nominations will go through to the voting round, as well as last year's winner.

Local businesses, make sure you get the recognition you deserve by sharing the page with your customers and asking them to nominate you! If you would like a 'Nominate Us' badge to share, you can download one here.

If you want to see what people voted for last year, take a look at the Essex Mums Loves... section and if you're a company interested in sponsoring the awards, like the lovely businesses below, take a look at the packages on offer here

Alternative Shopping Guide
The Alternative Shopping Guide had a big overhaul last month and is now looking just as lovely as the goodies our shops have to offer. Easy to browse and search, it is the perfect showcase for fantastic independent shops selling great gifts, fairtrade or handmade toys, clothes that are a bit different to what's on the High Street, and lovely bits and bobs to treat yourself, so make sure you take a look! Why not search the Product Guide if you are looking for something specific.

If you are a shop and are interested in getting listed, please email me for more information or just book here.
School Admissions
Many Essex parents will be finding out which school our little ones are going to in the next week or two, although I'm sure you'll all agree they seem far too teeny to be starting school already! You might like to chat about it with other Mums in the same position in the Schools section of the forum. Whether it's wanting to share news of where your child is going, talk about what to do if you're unhappy wit the result or just chat about what happens next, it's always nice to speak to others who have been in your position.

If you have a question for a professional, check out our Ask the Teacher section.
Get a year's advertising plus social media shares for just £3.25!
As spring is here we thought we would celebrate with a half-price sale on our Local Listings section: www.essexmums.com/locallistings - get an annual featured listing for £3.25 or lifetime listing for just £15!

The section features local (and beyond) businesses, places to go, clubs, groups and more and is an excellent way to easily find out what's going on near you! Basic listings are free, but our packages really help highlight your listing:
  • Featured: Half-price offer of £3.25 for an annual listing or just £15 for a lifetime - no need to renew., ever! Featured listing includes highlighted listing, top of page for category, plus your listing shared on our social media pages.
  • Super-Featured: Half-price offer of £7.50 for an annual listing or just £30 for a lifetime - this is the best option if you really want to stand out! Includes lifetime Feature on Category and one year's Feature on Homepage. This option means that your business will be highlighted on the first page our community visits, as well as the category page. Also includes not just one social media share but one a month for six months!
To book these packages, all you need to do is register an account here: http://www.essexmums.com/locallistings/register/ then visit http://www.essexmums.com/locallistings/create-listing/ to add a new listing, or if you are already listing, choose the 'claim your listing' button and you will have the option to choose a package, with the half-price offers already included. Offer ends April 4th!
We want to pay you for your ideas!
Can you come up with good recipes, craft ideas and fun educational activities? Send them over to us and get paid!
We always need new ideas for the website and can pay £5 for every one we use. Just email over instructions and a photograph to louise@essexmums.org and I'll let you know if we can use your idea!

Join us for our award winning baby massage classes throughout Essex.
Baby massage is highly beneficial for both parent and baby. Studies have shown that baby massage can help to soothe and settle, promote sleep, boost the immune system, enhance both physical and brain development, combat and prevent colic, wind and congestion and help with weight gain. For parents it can encourage bonding, reduce stress, provide an activity to enjoy together from birth, and meet likeminded people in our relaxing, non-judgemental, ‘home from home’ environment.
We offer both individual and group classes including: Introduction to baby massage, Group baby massage course, More Massage for regulars, Colic Alleviation & Prevention and baby massage for Dads.
Experience the magic of massage  - find your nearest class - www.baskingbabies.co.uk


Local Listings
Have you browsed our Local Listings section? It's an amalgamation of the Places to Go section, the Directory and the Places to Eat section, making it so much easier for you to find shops, services, groups and wonderful places near to you. You can search for a business buy its name or just see what's near you: http://www.essexmums.com/locallistings/

If you would like to list your business there's a simple registration process, then you can add wording, images, social media links... whatever you want, and it's all completely FREE! You can choose to get a featured listing from just £2 if you want to make it stand out more, but there's no charge just to be listed.

We have had LOTS Of new featured listings this month because of our HALF-PRICE offer. There are still a few days left to make the most of this, just add yourself here

New Featured listings this month:
Amanda Hall Photography
Portrait Photography for all occasions, newborn, milestones, cake smashes, family and weddings and other occasions. Contact me for a bespoke service. Based in Loughton but happy to travel. Friendly, relaxed experience.
Click here to view listing
Andy Wilsher Sings… 
Andy’s brilliant RAT PACK, ROBBIE WILLIAMS & MICHAEL BUBLE Tribute Shows are thoroughly entertaining and professional. These shows are perfect for all your party needs including weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, anniversaries, and dinner dances.
Click here to view listing
Aquatots Baby to Child Swim Programme
The Aquatots Baby, Toddler & Child programme is the most advanced and enjoyable water safety and swim training curriculum available, designed to follow a child’s natural physical and psychological development, through baby, toddler and child years. 
Click here to view listing
Basil’s Bouncy Castles and Mascot Hire
Adult and kids bouncy castles, soft play and mascot hire/visits
Click here to view listing
Camp Beaumont Day Camps
Camp Beaumont has been part and parcel of the school holiday calendar for over 36 years. Busy parents and families have enjoyed peace of mind that when it comes to caring for children in the school holidays – noboby does it better than Camp Beaumont.
Click here to view listing
Centre Stage school of performing arts
Classes in dance, singing and drama for children aged 2years + above.
Click here to view listing
Clubbercise – FitNFab with Andrea
LOVE 90’s tunes,reminiscing those clubbing days? Your LOVE clubbercise, so ditch the heels grab those trainers, it’s the workout without the hangover (over 18’s)
Click here to view listing
diddi dance Essex
diddi dance Essex run funky pre school dance classes and parties for boys and girls aged 1-5 years, The classes are designed to help develop little ones natural love of movement, as well as instilling that being active can be fun!
Click here to view listing
The Dream Team- Princess & Character Entertainment
Offering high quality characters for childrens parties, events, weddings, fayers etc. WE MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE!
Click here to view listing
We are a Sport Specialist coaching company with UEFA A & B Licence qualified coaching staff. All our staff are Police checked and first aid trained. 
Click here to view listing
Epping Montessori Nursery
Epping Montessori Nursery provides a traditional, safe learning environment in which a child can thrive and develop to reach their full potential in readiness for school.
Click here to view listing
Expert VA Academy
Are you looking to make the transition from working full time to running an online businss? Do you need guidance to get your online business started as a virtual assistant? 
Click here to view listing
Fitness with Caroline Fryd
Zumba, Clubbercise, Street Dance, Powerhoop, Dance Fit, Club Fit
Click here to view listing
Flour Power Cakes
Flour Power Cakes is a 5* registered home based bakery working from purpose built premises in Aingers Green, Great Bentley providing luxury hand baked and decorated celebration cakes, cupcakes, cake pops and more to Clacton, Colchester and surrounding areas.
Click here to view listing
Gems Mermaid Blankets
I personally hand make crochet mermaid & shark blankets for babies, toddlers, kids, adults & dolls using soft wool, in a smoke, pet free home.
Click here to view listing
Gosfield Lake Resort
Gosfield Lake Resort is a family run leisure park set in the heart of rural Essex. Offering a range of activities, activities onsite include Picnicking with a new large sand play area for the children, to the excitement of water-skiing.
Click here to view listing
Health and Beauty with Loz
I am a distributor for a new company called VIDA DIVINA, we offer a full range of health products containing natural, organic ingredients at affordable prices!
Click here to view listing
HulaFit Classes
HulaFit will be your new favourite fitness class! Combining weighted hula hoops with whole body exercises we’ll get you sweating, get you smiling and get those hips moving!
Click here to view listing
Innov8 Driving SchoolInnov8 Driving School is a new and exciting Driving School created in Chelmsford, to provide the best driving tuition available. With many years of experience we are passionate about exceeding your expectations. We teach you to drive and not just to pass your test!
Click here to view listing
Jesters Kids Club
At Jesters, we believe kids should be kids. We’ve created and provided a safe environment for children aged 3-12, from all backgrounds, who can come together and enjoy a stimulating and secure place of fun and learning.
Click here to view listing
Jolly Kids Castles
Jolly Kids Castles offer a large range of items ranging from Bouncy Castles and inflatable slides to Activity Units and Soft Play. From birthdays to christenings, fun days to barbecues, school events to fetes, we’ll provide the entertainment for your event!
Click here to view listing
Justine Louise
Justine Louise is a small knitwear company offering a gorgeous range of high quality gifts for men, women and children. All products are knitted in the UK using the finest soft merino wool and can be personalised. 
Click here to view listing
Kenzo Crafts
Unique personalised gifts made here at Kenzo Crafts. Gifts of quality create your very own message. We also sell personalised fabric bunting, wall letters, plaques, mugs, cushions and much more. Pop over and visit us, chat to us on live chat too!
Click here to view listing
The Little BIG Ironing Company
The Little Big Ironing Co® prides itself on a luxury laundry and ironing service that comes second to none.
Click here to view listing
Little Kickers Toddlers Football
Approved football training for kids from 2nd to 7th birthday.
Click here to view listing
The Menagerie – Lifestyle Photography
Hi! My name is Maryann and its my job as your photographer to make your time with my as relaxed and fun as possible, producing stunning images which you will treasure for years to come. 
Click here to view listing
Mini Footie Football Academy
Mini Footie Football Academy is a great way to introduce your child to the world of sport. All the children have a terrific time enjoying many different activities all based around playing football. 
Click here to view listing
Muffins Mobile Afternoon Teas
Love the idea of a home made afternoon tea, but find it difficult to get out? Having a celebration and fancy something a little different? I will bring your afternoon tea of choice to your home or booked venue.
Click here to view listing
The Nesting Place
Every woman’s experience of trying to become pregnant, giving birth or caring for a newborn is unique. No two journeys are ever the same. But, what connects every woman, at every stage of their journey is the need for support.
Click here to view listing
Pretty Wild Jewellery
Pretty Wild Jewellery is a unique brand which focuses on fascinating textures, British handcrafted pieces that are both elegant and edgy using precious metals of Silver and Gold featuring diamonds and gemstones which has become my creative luxury signature style.
Click here to view listing
Pro fencing and landscaping limited
Pro fencing and landscaping offers a professional and reliable service based on over 15 years of experience and expertise.
Click here to view listing
Ruby Rascals Children’s Parties
Ruby Rascals Children's Parties specialise in themed parties, character appearances and some of the best entertainers in and around the South East of England, because we believe dreams really can come true!
Click here to view listing
Sing and Sign Colchester and Surrounding areas
Developed with the help of Speech and Language experts and launched in January 2001, the “Sing and Sign” programme has since taught tens of thousands of parents across the UK how to sign with their babies and encourage amazing early communication.
Click here to view listing
The Sound Collective Chorus – Modern Choir
The Sound Collective Chorus is a modern choir based in Chelmsford, Danbury and Maldon. It has been successfully running for 5 years, encouraging men and women of all ages to come together on a weekly basis to sing a variety of different songs, genres and styles.
Click here to view listing
Squeaky Clean Buggys
We are a buggy cleaning service located in Southend, our services include washing, minor fabric repairs, hoovering, pumping tyres/replacement inner tubes.
Click here to view listing
Tappy Toes – toddler dance classes 3 months – 5 years
Boy or Girl, Tappy Toes preschool dance classes will greatly improve your child’s coordination, motor skills and social skills, as well as challenge their imagination and creativity.
Click here to view listing
Teresa Swann Psychic Medium
Hello my name is Teresa Swann and I am a psychic medium , healer and author .
I can provide psychic text, phone , email and 1-1 readings .
Click here to view listing
Young Notes Pop Choir
Young Notes run a children’s Pop Choir for 5 – 17 year olds. We sing current, upbeat pop songs in a fun and friendly environment. Everyone welcome!
Click here to view listing

Easter and summer camps throughout Essex with 2 NEW locations in Ingatestone and Romford for summer 2017!

“Giving every child such an amazing experience they can’t wait to come back!”

·        Superb Easter & summer camps at 40 locations!
·        Fantastic range of activities for 4.5-14 years
·        The best qualified staff:child ratios for any comparable provider
·        Extended hours from 8am-6pm
·        A Brilliant Childcare Option for Working Parents! We even accept childcare vouchers!

Where will your child play? 
Easter and summer: Chelmsford, Chigwell, Hutton, Upminster and Woodford
Summer only: Harlow, Ingatestone and Romford


Fantastic things to win! Enter one of our great competitions or get in touch if you would like to run something yourself. New competitions are always being added so make sure you check the competitions page for new giveaways, and get in touch if you'd like to run a giveaway yourself.
Win a beautiful 100% brushed cotton blanket from Moba!
We are delighted to be giving away one of Moba’s stunning 100% cotton blankets. With their playful designs, and soft supple material, these generous blankets are the perfect accompaniment to keeping baby snug as a bug! .
Click here to enter
Win a family ticket to Village Green
Arts organisation, Metal, have announced the first of the programme for their much loved annual festival  Village Green, which will take place this year on 8 July 2017  in Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
Click here to enter
Win three Treasure Trails – Colchester, Chelmsford & Maldon
If you’re looking for something new to do with the children this weekend – and want something to encourage them outdoors – then why not try a Treasure Trail; an imaginative and fun way to explore. 
Click here to enter
Win a family ticket to The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium
Stunningly brought to life in a spectacular new musical by Oscar-winning screenwriter and creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes and Olivier-Award winning composer and lyricist George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS is the perfect summer treat for families!
Click here to enter
Win a weekend family ticket to the Rapture Gaming Festival
Essexmums is excited to be able to offer a Free weekend family ticket for 2 adults and 2 kids (or 1 adult and 3 kids) to the amazing Rapture Gaming Festival being held at Charter Hall in Colchester, Essex over the 13th and 14th May. 
Click here to enter
Win a Bunny Gift Kit from Jack ‘n’ Jill
Jack N’ Jill Kids, an iconic Australian natural toothpaste brand, is now available in the UK.  Having made kids smile around the world, with its all-natural formula turning brushing into a fun and safe experience.  
Click here to enter
Win a a £200 party at Laser mayhem
Win a a £200 party at Laser mayhem for Laser tag or Mini Paintballing. Laser Mayhem has Amazing battlefields with Russian T55 battle tanks, armoured personnel carriers, planes, helicopters, forts, and a replica Call of Duty map
Click here to enter
Win a Deluxe DockATot
DockATot has been designed to offer a safe, snug and soothing environment for babies. We like to think it’s the next best thing to the womb. Babies can rest, play and lounge without the restrictions of buckles or the distraction of bells and whistles and also allows parents to safely co-sleep with their babies. 100% breathable and safety tested.
Click here to enter
Win a Photo Wallet Card from Your Design (10 to give away)
Feeling the pinch after Christmas? We can’t add any money but we can brighten your purse or wallet with one of these lovely wallet photo card
Click here to enter
Win a Fireman Sam – Sam’s Birthday DVD
Everybody’s favourite fireman is back with a new DVD collection of tales and rescue in “Fireman Sam – Sam’s Birthday”, released by Abbey Home Media on Monday 3rd April.
Click here to enter

Product Reviews
Want to find out what's worth buying and what's worth missing out on? Where is good to go and where to avoid? Then consult our crack team of Essex Mums product reviewers before making your purchase! Click on each reviewer on the Product Reviews page to see all of their reviews, or click here to browse the reviews or search by categories such as age range and type of product.

Here are a few of the most read reviews from last year:
Jack N’ Jill Kids
ack N’ Jill Kids, an iconic Australian natural toothpaste brand, is now available in the UK. With their all-natural formula, they aim to turn brushing into a fun and safe experience.
Click here to read Louises full review
Getting Active
Find out how other Essex Mums and their families are getting fit and fabulous in our Getting Active section! Get some ideas for things to try, read their wonderful reviews and follow in their footsteps on your own healthy journey. 

Here are a few of the most read reviews from last year:
A new you in just 21 days…
Quitting habits, improving self-worth, releasing pain, manage weight, guilt, anxiety, for good! Change is not always deemed beneficial to our most ancient brain, hence why changing a behaviour can make us feel anxious.
Click here to read
New on the Shopping Guide
Looking for great gifts, fairtrade or handmade toys, clothes that are a bit different to what's on the High Street, or just something to treat yourself? You'll find it all and more on the Essex Mums Alternative Shopping Guide! Browse shops on the guide by category, or search the product guide for that perfect buy! 

We are now looking for lovely new shops for our guide this year, so if you think you would be a good fit, please get in touch on louise@essexmums.org

New shops this month:
  • Baby Chic Gift Boutique: Discover a shop crammed with unique baby shower gifts, beautiful Spanish baby clothing and UK handmade items for baby and nursery. 
  • Martha and Hepsie: Martha and Hepsie ltd designs are inspired by life, who we are and a little bit of laughter….

I loved my career in buying, but when my family came along, the long hours and demands of the role didn't fit with the family life I craved.

2 years ago I was shown a way I could be a mummy at the school gates and earn an income I wanted. I have built a flexible home based business which has changed our lives.

I now help mums like me achieve amazing things from an extra £200 to £400pm, more time with their children to career changes. If you are self-motivated, have a great work ethic and ready to make a change get in touch for more information.


Pregnancy & Parenting Articles
The Pregnancy and Parenting section features fantastic information about different aspects of pregnancy and parenting written by our very own Essex Mums: everything from trying for a baby to raising teenagers. 
Positive Discipline Guide to Dealing with Tantrums
You are probably reading this because you are blessed with children (your own or the ones in your care) who tend to express their emotions through tantrums. 
Read more
Naming your baby
Whether this is your first baby, second, third or even tenth, naming your child is such an important part of the process. 
Read more
Craniopathy for babies
When babies cry, it’s usually for a good reason. If they are continually fractious and generally appear unhappy, it’s always worth investigating the root cause to prevent a problem from developing.
Read more
Childcare: for any parent, it’s a minefield! Nursery, nanny, childminder, babysitter: the list seems endless, getting it right isn’t easy and that’s without considering the cost, which unfortunately, is often phenomenal. In this article we’ll consider all of the options available and the pros and cons of each one.
Read more
Take a look at our recipes section for some tried-and-tested family-friendly feeds! Do you have something you would like to add to this section? If so, please share it here. If anyone is interested in becoming a regular contributor please get in touch

Here are a few of your most-loved recipes from last year:
French Toast Stacks with Strawberries
Organix want a world where healthy nutritious food is a real choice for everyone. Here is a delicious French Toast recipe that families can treat mum with this Mother’s Day.
Read the full recipe here
Homemade Chapati
This was so easy to make even on our first attempt so we had to share! Perfect served with a tasty curry.
Read the full recipe here
Healthy and fresh risotto, perfect for spring or summer.
Healthy and fresh risotto, perfect for spring or summer.
Read the full recipe here

  • PregnancyBliss Stretch & Relax
  • MamaBliss Nurture & Relax
  • BabyBliss Massage & MamaChat
  • BabyBliss Yoga & MamaChill
  • ToddlerBliss Yoga & Massage

Motherhood is the most amazing journey so we have created a seamlessly integrated curriculum of classes to support you every step of the way. From Pregnancy to Mum - Baby to Toddler our classes have it covered. Our classes are also great for making new friends and supporting each other.
Using Yoga inspired postures combined with massage & relaxation techniques, you and your baby will be creating the best possible start in your journey together.


Educational Activities
Our Educational Activities section features ideas to get your kids learning and help them with their homework. We really need some contributors for this section who can come up with some simple ideas, so if you would like to become a contributor or just have a few suggestions, please post them - anything is welcome, no matter how simple

Here are a few of your top activities from last year:
Easter Egg Alphabet Activity
Thanks to Naomi Claxton for sharing this fun Easter activity with us!
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Blobs in a Bottle
Mini Professors Benfleet & Rayleigh shared this great experiment with us for British Science Week 2017.

Read more

Special Offers
Special offers for Essex Mums added this month!
5% off tickets to Rapture Gaming Festival
The amazing Rapture Gaming Festival is being held at Charter Hall in Colchester, Essex over the 13thand 14th May. 
Read more
Special offers at I Want One of Those
3 for £15 and more
Read more
40% off EVERYTHING at La Redoute
La Redoute have launched their amazing 40% off everything event! Yes, that's right! 40% off everything including brands, Women's, Men's, kid's fashion, homeware & sale using code BIG40! 
Read more
15% off at Figleaves
Figleaves are offering 15% off site wide 
Read more
£25 off pool parties at Riverside Ice and Leisure
With up to 80 children you’re little one and all their friends can challenge each other on the exciting ‘Yeti’ inflatable or on the five metre high ‘Devil’s Drop’ slide!
Read more
10% off at Little Scrummers
If you book in for a FREE TRIAL with us and enrol we will give you 10% off of your first terms fees and membership fee!

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Toddler Mad Classes- 10% discount for Essex Mums!
Toddler Mad (Massage and Dance) classes are designed for parents with children from 18 months – 3 years. Classes are lots of fun and give children the opportunity to express themselves through singing, dancing and age appropriate art activities.

Read more

Blog & News
The blog features posts from us as well as from guest bloggers, as well as local and parenting news. If you have something you would like to write, please get in touch!
Playground Games
“Kids these days spend all their time looking at a screen and no time outside running around…”. I’m sure most parents have had someone say this to them, or have seen a Facebook meme with words to that effect. However, it’s just not true! 
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Business Opportunity for Chelmsford parents
After a fantastic 18 months with Caterpillar Music Chelmsford, my family and I have decided to move. Although I will miss you all, and have loved every minute of being at the classes, this does mean there is an exciting opportunity for someone here to buy the Caterpillar Music “Chelmsford” franchise.
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Want better emergency services for your children?
Essex could be the first in the UK to have a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. The Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Roger Hirst is running a public consultation on the way Essex Police and Fire & Rescue Services are run in the future. 
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Local Language Tutor recognised and honoured with Award
A language tutor from Leigh-on-Sea has been rewarded for the quality of the lessons and teaching that she provides to local children in the area.
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125 Years on – write a Love Letter to Your Hometown
To celebrate the 125 year of Southend (official birthday, 19 September 1892), Metal are inviting people of all ages and from all walks of life, from right across the Borough to share a Love Letter to Your Hometown. 
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Remus Horse Sanctuary Volunteer Drive
Remus Horse Sanctuary is inviting people to attend one of its volunteer induction days at the Sanctuary located near Ingatestone in Essex on either Sunday 30 April for adult volunteers or Sunday 11 June for young volunteers. 
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Activities for budding young scientists, take off with Essex Community Grant
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon, has been awarded a £5,500 grant from the Essex Community Foundation to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities.
Read more
Libraries need Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers
ibraries in Southend are looking for suitable volunteers aged 14 and over (no upper age limit) to help children keep reading in the summer holidays during this year’s Summer Reading Challenge
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2 for 1 Essex Passes this Easter!

We have great deals with over 400 family attractions, restaurants & independent businesses throughout Essex. Buy your card for £9.99 at and save for a whole year! 

We are passionate about saving people money, encouraging kids to spend more time outside, and supporting local business in Essex. 

Follow us on Twitter for exclusive content: @EssexPass

Simply add 2 passes to the cart and enter 'easter love' as the coupon code and it will discount the price from £19.98 to £10. Click here to purchase!

Lots going on this month! You can find full listings on the Things to Do section or search by area using the links below. Make sure you take a look to find fun things to do for your family, and let us know when you try something good. Oh, and remember to say you saw it on Essex Mums!

The family friendly Brentwood Festival returns from 14-16 July with a great line up including Status Quo, Go West, Heaven 17, Ultravox’s Midge Ure, Jocelyn Brown, The Real Thing, Missing Andy and over two dozen supporting bands on two stages.
Children under 10 attend for FREE throughout the weekend, adult passes start from £25.
The festival also includes fun kid’s activities organised by Brentwood Borough Council, Nuclear Races taster sessions, fairground rides, street food, market stalls, posh loos and overnight camping.
Held in aid of the British Heart Foundation, tickets are available via www.brentwoodfestival.co.uk

New Classes and Groups

A selection of new information about classes and groups added this month.  Some are brand new to the site, some just have updates about new venues, details etc. Take a look at the Things to Do section for complete listings.

Parent and Toddler Groups
Children's Centres
Groups for Older Children
Ad Rates
If you'd like to consider advertising on the site, take a look at the Ad Rates page for prices and our Media Pack for information. There is a range of ads to suit all budgets, and if you want to hear how advertising on Essex Mums has worked for others, take a look at the Testimonials page. I am always happy to put together packages that suit you and are normally discounted so get in touch if you have a few ideas about where you'd like to be on the site and we can work together to find something that suits you. If you would like help putting an ad together, we can provide this service free of charge.

If you are interested in being informed of special ad offers, let me know. 
Everything else
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